Sample Deferred Prosecution Agreement from the SEC
Deferred Prosecution Agreements – where a wrongdoer agrees to cooperate with the government, and the government agrees not to prosecute the wrongdoer – are the stuff that television police shows are made of. We don’t see them too often in our securities defense practice, but that may soon change.
The SEC announced the adoption of a DPA policy last year as part of a series of initiatives designed to encourage individuals to cooperate and assist in investigations. The agreements are formal written agreements in which the Commission agrees to forego an enforcement action against a cooperator if the individual or company agrees, among other things, to cooperate fully and truthfully and to comply with express prohibitions and undertakings during a period of deferred prosecution.
The following is a DPA that the SEC entered into with a corporation, which was obtained from the SEC:
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